Chinese based self-driving delivery van manufacturer Neolix has seen a significant increase in orders since the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Autonomous delivery is being seen as a solution to labor shortages and a need for social distancing. Neolix produced 125 self-driving delivery vans from May 2019 to January 2020, but since the COVID-19 outbreak, has received more than 200 new orders.
Since the COVID-19 virus outbreak:
- Local Chinese authorities continue to incentivize the purchase and operation of self-driving delivery vehicles.
- One manufacturer (Neolix) indicated that public perception of these systems has improved substantially.